We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicole L. Galinson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nicole L., is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Self-preservation. Making sure you stick around to enjoy the success you’ve amassed or are currently working towards presents much more of a challenge than it should. I’ve been extremely fortunate to have had some of the greatest opportunities present themselves during this pandemic, but none of that matters if you can’t bring yourself to meet them where they deserve to be met. Before the pandemic it was so much easier for me to push through the burnout, but now I’m recognizing I’ve entered a different season of my life. I’m learning to take the necessary rest and recuperation seriously, so that I can continue along the journey at full capacity.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Since we last spoke, I moved to New York City to pursue more editorial work. I’m still shooting album covers, live shows, and everything music related in addition to working on music of my own. Photography awards me an ingrained level of control in the exploration of fantasy and glory. I’m working on my first series inspired by Pablo Picasso’s “Blue Period” and a few specific shades of the color. My music was born from a need to connect with some of my darker experiences in more of an exalted way. It balances out my creative process so that each area of my life is given due attention and equal opportunities for transmutation. I just recently played my first show, and the lack of control involved in playing live, in front of an audience is intoxicating. The pain pours out of you in ways you can’t prepare for; it’s both thrilling and terrifying. I’m really looking forward to playing live again.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I moved to New York City last August, so I have a no-nonse itinerary for coming back to visit or for work and it goes something like this:
Laurel Canyon Country Store / Lily’s Coffee
Fryman Canyon Hike
Crossroads Kitchen, Leonor’s Vegetarian Mexican Restaurant, Toi Rockin’ Thai Food, Verse LA
Forman’s Tavern, The Rainbow, The Sunset Marquis Hotel, The Viper Room
As for my NYC haunts, I can’t give those away yet. Once I move to London you’ll receive a list.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to dedicate this shoutout to The Muses: Daniel Walters and Jack James Busa. NYC’s premiere welcoming committee, nightlife aristocracy, and ride-or-die friends. Love you both so very much.
Mathias Fau @mathiasfau